PrimaryCareNOW: A Pri-Med Virtual Conference | Pri-Med

Thank you to all who joined us live for PrimaryCareNOW on WednesdayThursday, July 20–21. If you were not able to join us live, some sessions have been recorded and are available below. 

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8–11:30am ET    CME/CE Accredited Session


Strategies for Effective Pain Management in Clinical Practice

Charles E. Argoff, MD, FABPM | Oscar A. de Leon-Casasola, MD | Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, CMD, FACOFP


The nation is facing competing public health issues: the need to treat a large number of Americans with acute and chronic pain vs the crisis of prescription opioid abuse. Pri-Med’s Strategies for Effective Pain Management in Clinical Practice curriculum focuses on improving practitioners’ ability to recognize, diagnose, and classify pain; educating clinicians on the full spectrum of pain management options, including nonopioid pharmacologic interventions; and providing risk reduction strategies through integration of opioids into individualized pain management plans. Clinicians will learn to recognize signs and symptoms of opioid dependence and abuse in order to optimally manage patients’ pain and medication use.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Charles E. Argoff, MD, FABPM

Professor of Neurology, Albany Medical College, Director, Comprehensive Pain Center, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY

Oscar A. de Leon-Casasola, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine, Senior Vice-Chair, The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, Chief, Pain Medicine and Professor of Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

Katherine E. Galluzzi, DO, CMD, FACOFP

Professor and Chair, Department of Geriatrics, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Supported by Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies

11:40am–12:25pm ET    Non-CME Industry Theater

Gastroenterology & Hepatology

A Proactive Way to Treat IBS-D: Post-Marketing Information and Phase 4 Data

Kimberly Orleck, PA


Please join us in a clinical review of exciting Phase 4 data and the latest post-marketing information on a proactive treatment that may help your IBS-D patients. IBS-D is a chronic functional disorder of the GI system that affects approximately 16 million people. 

Kimberly Orleck, PA

Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates

Sponsored by AbbVie

11:40am–12:25pm ET    Non-CME Industry Theater


Preventing COPD Exacerbations: The Need for Proactive, Optimized Management of COPD

Kathryn Merkel, MSN, RN, APNP, FNP-BC, AE-C


Uncovering the burden of COPD exacerbations may help in generating an appreciation of the range of potential consequences to the patient. In this program, learn about defining exacerbation severity in COPD, possible impacts of moderate and severe COPD exacerbations, and important considerations for appropriate COPD management.

Kathryn Merkel, MSN, RN, APNP, FNP-BC, AE-C

Respiratory Medical Science Liaison, AstraZeneca

Sponsored by AstraZeneca

12:35–1:35pm ET    CME/CE Accredited Session


Meeting Migraine Management Head-On: Novel Approaches to Acute and Preventive Therapy

Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS, FAAN | Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP


In this activity, expert faculty will provide practical guidance on distinguishing migraine from other headache types and the work-up that is—and is not—required to reach an accurate diagnosis of migraine. Additionally, the faculty will discuss new and emerging acute and preventive migraine-specific treatments that allow for individualized care plans targeting each patient’s unique needs.

Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS, FAAN

Associate Professor of Neurology, Director, Headache Medicine Fellowship Program, Division of Headache Medicine, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ

Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP

Clinical Professor, University of California Irvine Medical Center, Director, Kushner Wellness Center, Los Alamitos, CA

Supported by Biohaven Pharmaceuticals

1:45–2:45pm ET    CME/CE Accredited Session

Hot Topics

Diagnostic Challenges in Primary Care: Part II

Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP


Working through a differential diagnosis and employing the most effective diagnostic testing can be challenging—even for conditions commonly seen in primary care. Engage in this case-based, interactive activity to hone your diagnostic skills!

Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP

Clinical Professor, UC Irvine Medical Center, Director, Kushner Wellness Center, Orange, CA

2:55–3:40pm ET    Non-CME Industry Theater


Partner in Asthma Care, Partner in Asthma Relief

Gregory Bensch, MD



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Gregory Bensch, MD

Sponsored by Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

2:55–3:40pm ET    Non-CME Industry Theater

Infectious Disease

A Scientifically Designed Topical Treatment for Toenail Onychomycosis

Brad Glick, DO, FAOCD


This session will provide an overview of onychomycosis including causative agents as well as the role Nail physiology plays in effectiveness of treatments.  The role of both topical and oral products will be examined as well as presentation on the role of JUBLIA (Efinaconazole) Topical Solution 10% for the treatment of onychomycosis.

Brad Glick, DO, FAOCD

Sponsored by Ortho Dermatologics

3:50–4:50pm ET    CME/CE Accredited Session


Updates in Dermatology – Common Rashes

Ruth Ann Vleugels, MD, MPH, MBA


Get an update and overview on the diagnosis, work up, and management of common inflammatory skin disease followed by an open Q&A period.

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Ruth Ann Vleugels, MD, MPH, MBA

Heidi and Scott C. Schuster Distinguished Chair in Dermatology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Dermatology, Director, Atopic Dermatitis Program, Director, Autoimmune Skin Diseases Program, Director, Connective Tissue Disease Clinics, Program Director, Dermatology-Rheumatology Fellowship Program, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

5–5:45pm ET    Non-CME Industry Theater


Understanding Chronic Cough: Patient Presentation and Assessment

Bruce M. Prenner, MD


  • Discuss patient cases and understand patient presentation of chronic cough
  • Review clinical management guidelines
  • Understand potential mechanisms of disease in chronic cough

Bruce M. Prenner, MD

Sponsored by Merck

8–9am ET    CME/CE Accredited Session


Curbside Consults: Top Questions from PCPs on Hematuria and CKD

Melanie Hoenig, MD | Rajeev Raghavan, MD


What do primary care providers need to know about hematuria and CKD? Join nephrologist Dr. Melanie Hoenig and nephrologist Dr. Rajeev Raghavan as they review important questions they get asked about these topics! 

Melanie Hoenig, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Rajeev Raghavan, MD

Internal Medicine Program Director HCA Houston Healthcare, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Houston

9:10–10:10am ET    CME/CE Accredited Session


Lifting the Veil: Recognizing and Managing Iron Deficiency and Iron Deficiency Anemia in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Neilanjan Nandi, MD, FACP


Faculty will review the latest evidence-based data regarding iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and offers practical clinical insight into the diagnosis and management of this common condition. Through a series of case presentations, the presenting gastroenterologist discusses the common but subtle manifestations of IDA, proactive strategies for recognizing patients at risk of IDA, and the current evidence base for using oral and intravenous iron therapies effectively in practice. These practical pearls and pitfalls are intended to help optimize the care of IDA in various patient populations seen in the primary care setting.

Neilanjan Nandi, MD, FACP

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center, University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

Supported by American Regent, Inc.

10:20–11:05am ET    Non-CME Industry Theater


Path To Diagnosis, Mapping Symptoms of Inflammatory Back Pain

Joy Schechtman, DO


  • Understand the causes and prevalence of chronic low back pain
  • Differentiate inflammatory back pain (IBP) from mechanical back pain
  • Learn the significance of IBP as a potential early symptom of ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
  • Learn the importance of referring patients with IBP to a rheumatologist in a timely manner 

Joy Schechtman, DO

Sponsored by AbbVie

10:20–11:05am ET    Non-CME Industry Theater


DISCOVER THE IMPACT OF GEMTESA: A Selective B3-Adrenegric Agonist for Effective OAB Treatment

Vincent Lucente, MD, FACOG, PC


Vincent Lucente, MD, FACOG, PC

Sponsored by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

11:15am–12:45pm ET    CME/CE Accredited Session


Ask the Experts: Evaluating and Managing Depression and Anxiety for the PCP

Jeffrey Rado, MD, MPH, FAPA | Shirah Vollmer, MD


Get your questions answered by expert faculty in psychiatry. You ask: we listen. You will learn practical solutions to common clinical challenges and tips to apply the latest knowledge in practice.

Jeffrey Rado, MD, MPH, FAPA

Associate Professor, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Shirah Vollmer, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

12:55–1:40pm ET    Non-CME Industry Theater



This disease-state education medical program will provide clinically relevant information regarding the management of patients with COPD and focuses on establishing a valid diagnosis, avoiding common pitfalls in assessment, and utilizing the GOLD 2022 guidelines “treatable traits” approach to reducing symptoms and preventing exacerbations.

Neil Skolnik, MD

Neil Skolnik, MD

Sponsored by GSK

1:50–2:50pm ET    CME/CE Accredited Session


Common Musculoskeletal Problems in Primary Care

Joshua T. Goldman, MD, MBA


Fractures and musculoskeletal problems are frequently encountered in the primary care setting, and the majority can be appropriately managed by primary care clinicians. This session will provide a comprehensive review of fractures seen in the primary care setting, including diagnostic imaging and management strategies. It will also teach you how to recognize and manage common problems through actual patient cases collected from a primary care practice. An open question and answer session will allow your questions regarding challenging musculoskeletal problems to be addressed.

Joshua T. Goldman, MD, MBA

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Departments of Family Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery, Fellowship Director, UCLA Division of Sports Medicine, Team Physician, UCLA Athletics, Associate Director, Center for Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Institute for Children, Associate Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, Los Angeles, CA

3–4pm ET    CME/CE Accredited Session


I Used To Be Thin, Now I Am Not, What Happened? Diet in Mid-life & Beyond

Heidi Skolnik, MS, CDN, FACSM


Dietary needs change as we age. With aging comes muscle loss and anabolic resistance. Maintaining muscle is associated with a multitude of health benefits, including better cognitive function, bone health and blood glucose control. However, most adults 50 and older have no idea what dietary patterns they can employ to maintain muscle as well as which foods to include in their diets to support health and well-being as they age. Join us for an enlightening look at how a few dietary changes after age 50 can have an important impact on overall health. 

Heidi Skolnik, MS, CDN, FACSM

Women’s Sports Medicine Center, Hospital for Special Surgery

4:10–4:35pm ET    Non-CME Industry Theater


When Trials Stop Being RCTs and Start Getting Real: How Real World Evidence Complements Clinical Trials

John J. Oppenheimer, MD | Jennifer Caudle, DO, Family Medicine


This podcast explores real world evidence by defining what it is, where it comes from, and its value and application to clinical practice.

John J. Oppenheimer, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine New Jersey Medical School: Rutgers

Jennifer Caudle, DO, Family Medicine

Associate Professor, Rowan University

Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

4:10–4:35pm ET    Non-CME Industry Theater


Identifying High-Risk Patients With ASCVD and Reducing the Burden of Elevated LDL-C

Norman E. Lepor, MD, FACC


This podcast discusses the effects of long-term exposure to persistently elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) on risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Four health care providers offer their perspectives from the fields of family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, and endocrinology.

Norman E. Lepor, MD, FACC

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Geffen School of Medicine-UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Co-editor, Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine, Co-director, Cardiovascular Imaging, Westside Medical Imaging/, Westside Medical Associates of Los Angeles

Sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation